Morocco is an up and coming golf destination with its popularity on the rise year after year. Golf may not be the first thing to spring to mind when someone mentions Morocco, however with fantastic golf courses and a wide range of hotels, many of which offer an all-inclusive option, it comes as no surprise that more and more people are choosing Morocco for their golf holiday. Furthermore, with a warm climate throughout the year, there is never an excuse to not play one of the many excellent golf courses here. But golf is not the only thing to be enjoyed on a golf holiday here; Morocco is home to a rich history and culture that can be best explored in its many delightful areas.

First up is the Iberostar Founty Beach, located directly on top of Agadir beach. This four-star hotel boasts the ideal position to make the most out of all of the local golf courses and Agadir’s fantastic nine-kilometre beach. Agadir’s beach is one of its main attractions when people consider it for their next golfing destination. The beach is lined with a fantastic range of restaurants, cafes and shops. Guests at the hotel can enjoy direct access to the beach, where they will be met with sun loungers and parasols.  Furthermore, a huge attraction of the Iberostar Founty Beach is its all-inclusive option in which guests can enjoy unlimited food and drink, so they need not fret about the bill at the end of their stay. The hotel is home to three restaurants, so the all-inclusive option can certainly be made the most out of. Not only is the Iberostar Founty Beach the perfect hotel for those looking to explore Morocco’s unique culture, or for those looking to make the most out of the guaranteed sunshine, but it is also an excellent option for all golfers wanting to play some of the best golf courses in Morocco. Perfect for golfers, the hotel is just a fifteen-minute drive away from the Golf du Soleil, and the Golf Les Dunes is ten minutes away by car. Both of these fantastic golf courses are widely considered to be essential golf courses on any itinerary for a golf holiday in Agadir, and conveniently for prospective guests at the Iberostar Founty Beach, they are in easy reach. Guests at the Iberostar Founty Beach are just a kilometre away from the centre of Agadir where they will never find themselves short of something to do or see. Here, guests can spend hours meandering around the traditional bazaars and they can explore the local spice souks. In 1990, the new Medina was built however the city has still managed to maintain its authentic charm and character. The Medina is situated a few miles outside of the city centre; however, it is worth the journey. Here, visitors will find a range of classic Moroccan restaurants, a museum as well as many souks. All of the guest rooms and the leisure facilities are nothing less than what one would expect at a four-star hotel. Guests can enjoy the beautiful coastal setting from their room on their own private balcony or terrace. The hotel caters particularly well for younger guests with a mini club and a ‘fun park’, meaning that the adults can make the most of the local golf courses.

The Movenpick Mansour Eddahbi Marrakech is the perfect option for a luxury golf holiday in Morocco. This fantastic resort is situated in a prime position in the heart of the captivating Hivernage district in Marrakech. Just a stone’s throw away from the hotel, guests will find themselves at some of Marrakech’s best attractions. The Movenpick Mansour Eddahbi Marrakech is located half an hour away from the famous Jemaa El Fna Square and the Koutoubia Mosque, two of Marrakech’s most famous sites. Furthermore, just a few minutes away on foot, guests will find the Menara Gardens, a botanical garden constructed in the 12th century with stunning mountain views on show throughout. Should guests here decide to dine outside of the hotel, there is a huge range of authentic Moroccan restaurants just a short walk away into the city centre. Not only is the Movenpick Mansour Eddahbi Marrakech in the perfect position for its guests to explore the most popular sites in Marrakech, but it is also fantastic for golfers to play some of Marrakech’s best golf courses. The Al Maaden golf course is just a twenty-minute drive away from the hotel, and the Montgomerie Marrakech, widely considered to be one of the most prestigious golf courses in the area, is literally just around the corner from the hotel. With such a fantastic location, golfers will never find themselves far away from a fantastic round of golf. The Movenpick Mansour Eddahbi Marrakech is a five-star hotel in every aspect, and it’s guest rooms and leisure facilities are no exception to this. All of the guest rooms feature modern décor with Moroccan design and black marble showers. Some of the guest rooms feature views of the surrounding gardens around the hotel that can be enjoyed from their private balcony or terrace. The Movenpick Mansour Eddahbi Marrakech offers its guests a range of guest rooms ranging from a comfortable Classic Room to a lavish Penthouse with its own infinity pool. Guests will never struggle to relax at this hotel with its excellent leisure facilities including its spa facility with a sauna, jacuzzi and hammam treatments. To totally unwind, guests can enjoy a spot of yoga or lounge on a sun lounger around the outdoor swimming pool.

For a luxury adults-only golf holiday to Marrakech, the Be Live Collection Marrakech is an unbeatable option. This five-star hotel offers a fantastic all-inclusive package, so guests can make the most out of the hotel’s excellent bars and restaurants without having to worry about the price tag. The hotel has three restaurants including a Moroccan a la carte restaurant, an international buffet restaurant and a snack bar so its guests will never be short of options. If guests can tear themselves away from the fairways at the local golf courses, then they can enjoy some of the hotel’s excellent leisure facilities. The Be Live Collection Marrakech is home to a huge spa centre with a jacuzzi, indoor swimming pool and a menu of beauty and massage treatments. For non-golfing days, guests can participate in the hotel’s sporting activities such as football, snooker and tennis. All of the guest rooms at the Be Live Collection Marrakech include all of the essentials to ensure that all of their guests have a wonderful stay. They are particularly spacious, even for a five-star hotel. if they wish and their budget permits it, guests can upgrade their room for a swim-up room with direct access to an outdoor swimming pool. The Be Live Collection Marrakech has a great location for both golfers and those that are just looking to explore some of Marrakech’s best attractions. The hotel is set in the Palmeraie district, home to many of the fantastic golf courses in Marrakech, making it an ideal option for your next golf break in Morocco. For example, both the Royal Palm Golf and Country Club and the Palm Golf Marrakech are just a half an hour’s drive away from the hotel. Both of these golf courses offer an unforgettable round of golf, and they are widely considered to be among some of the most prestigious in Morocco. Not only is the Be Live Collection Marrakech in the ideal position to play some of the surrounding golf courses; guests of this hotel are also in a great location to explore the best of Marrakech. The centre of Marrakech is just a fifteen drive away from the hotel where they can explore the Jemaa El Fna Square or the Saadian Tombs.

The Mazagan Beach Resort is home to Morocco’s largest casino, and it is located directly on top of the beach with a fantastic golf course just next door. Guests are positioned in an excellent location on top of a seven-kilometre-long beach where they can make the most out of the guaranteed Moroccan sunshine. Here they can properly relax away from all of the hustle and bustle from the cities and indulge in some fantastic golf. The resort is situated just a twenty-minute drive away from the captivating city of El Jadida, known for its beautiful architecture and authentic Moroccan charm which can be best appreciated at the Cite Portugaise, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Not only is the Mazagan Beach Resort the ideal resort for golfers to enjoy the Moroccan sun and the sea, but it is also a great choice for them to play some of the region’s best golf courses. The resort is home to a fantastic golf course, the Mazagan. This Gary Player designed golf course was only opened in 2009, however, it has already earned itself an excellent reputation in the area for its impeccable greens and interesting layout. At this golf course, guests can really make the most out of the resort’s stunning coastal location as the golf course hugs the edges of the neighbouring sandy beach. For an unforgettable round of golf, the Mazagan is a fantastic choice on your next golf break to Morocco. When the guests at the Mazagan Beach Resort want to take a break from challenging the holes at the neighbouring Mazagan golf course, they can enjoy the vast range of leisure facilities at the resort. Regardless of whether the guests are golfers or not, they will never find themselves without something to do. At the beach, they can enjoy a range of water sports or they can soak up the sun on a sun lounger, or alternatively, they can take full advantage of complimentary access to the resort’s own casino or nightclub. The resort is great for accommodating for young guests as well as it has three different ‘Kid’s Clubs’ as well as a children’s swimming pool.

Last but not least is the Tikida Golf Palace, a five-star luxury boutique hotel nestled in the heart of a Eucalyptus forest. Guests can enjoy an idyllic golfing getaway here situated next door to the Golf du Soleil golf course and in close proximity to one of Morocco’s best beaches. Agadir is one of Morocco’s tourist hotspots, and conveniently for guests at the Tikida Golf Palace, it is just a short drive away. Here, visitors can enjoy the guaranteed sunshine on the beach which runs for nine kilometres along the coast. To have a taste of authentic Moroccan culture, guests can head into the centre of Agadir to spend hours meandering around the traditional souks and bazaars, or they can enjoy a meal at one of the many Moroccan restaurants. With a 36-hole golf course just next door to the Tikida Golf Palace, guests will never find themselves far away from a fantastic round of golf. Both the Tikida and Championship golf courses are widely considered to be must-play golf courses in Morocco due to their impeccable quality and the invigorating challenge they offer. The Tikida golf course is rife with African fauna and vegetation that creates a beautiful landscape to be incorporated with a stern test of golf. Alternatively, the Championship golf course’s layout is dominated by water hazards, therefore players must make careful use of every club in their bag. The Championship golf course has hosted many international golfing tournaments which is clear evidence that it is widely considered to be one of the best golf courses in the region; in 2011, it hosted the Ladies European Tour, then it hosted the EPD Tour. The Tikida Golf Palace is a luxury boutique hotel, so its five-star service is guaranteed. The hotel has just 54 rooms, but they are all especially spacious, even for a five-star hotel. Most of the guest rooms overlook the neighbouring golf courses at the Golf du Soleil which can be enjoyed from their own private balcony or terrace. To relax when guests are taking a break from playing some of the local golf courses or exploring the captivating city of Agadir, guests can lounge around the outdoor pool or they can visit the hotel’s spa for a well-deserved treatment or massage.

We hope that you have enjoyed this week’s blog and that you are already looking forward to your next golf holiday to Morocco. For a golf holiday with guaranteed sunshine, challenging golf and luxurious hotels, Morocco is an excellent destination. If you still find yourself unpersuaded, then give us a call on 01342 811777, and we will do our best to change your mind.

After the glare of a sunlit day, I try to block the evening sun by sitting behind the wrought iron work – just a little, the dust motes dancing in our little space, the cushions plumped behind our backs as we sit sheltered from an evening breeze up on the terrace; a bottle of red wine from Casablanca, fiery olives and breadsticks to soak it up being devoured by us four. Mohammed told of his people, the politics, the poor, the king and we told a little of our land. Shared humanity, shared laughter, breaking the bread.
Back down the marble staircase, polished to a shine with the local ‘black soap’ made from the olive trees, back to the ‘Geranium’ room.
Then I hear the call to prayer and, compelled, I climb again to the rooftop. Against a now lavender and lemon sky four, no, five voices compete in the air across the tiled roofs for attention. Haunting, mystical and timeless, declaring God is great, who can argue with that, on an evening such as this. The swifts feel they can do better, their little cries are drowned but still they swoop, supper on the wing, the cries building to a crescendo and I see the dive bombing as they expel a bird of prey from their piece of sky territory.

I want to tell of the day, the things we have seen, roads leading to the Mosque lined with trees dripping marmalade oranges, the water sellers with their huge bell jingling hats, ornate carvings on the arches and ceilings of the Bahia Palace, the concubine’s quarters, twenty four of them, the square where slaves were traded, the metallic flare and grind from the blacksmiths souk, the four pairs of babouche I haggled for, the pungent smell of spices now tucked away within my clothes. I’ll try to take your hand and lead you through souks and the medina where there is everything for sale that you must have heard of; leather, jewellery, clothes, food, baskets of cactus flowers, bright carpets hanging from wide ropes and slung across stone walls, glaring sun copper and moonshine silver, yarns of dripping wool drying above our heads, an assault and a shaking joy. I’ll lead you swiftly past the snake charmers, the monkeys on chains, the skinny cats, the weary mules pulling heavily laden wagons through the alleyways. I can try to tie a silk pashmina across your nose to reduce the pollution from the hundreds of mopeds skimming our ankles, but then I would be depriving you of this experience which makes us alive. I’m tired, just footsore and weary, so I’ll tell you of it all, the food we’ve eaten, the people we’ve met, the beggars we’ve shed our tears for, the beauty of this place – I’ll tell you all – another time. When my mind is a little stiller, my heart a little less  full and when I have yet more to tell, but now I go to slip between crisp white cotton sheets, curling around my newly made memories with my loved ones, and await the call to prayer as the sun rises again above the sandstone rooftops. Sweet dreams.

After the tranquillity of the riad, another mad dangerous taxi ride through the centre of the city where there are no discernible rules, the cars and the motorbikes, the donkeys and the mules, the old man and the sleek black taxis cut across our path, honking, swerving, stopping, starting until we reach the Majorelle gardens where the long queue is made so much shorter by our chat with a globetrotting pair of Canadians. We pass giant massed cacti in every design of nature, some proudly sprouting bright yellow bulbous flowers, past groves of thick bamboo standing next to towering palms and banana plants. We have lunch in the gorgeous courtyard restaurant: thick spicy soup, the ubiquitous bread and sticky almond tarts, bougainvillaea and jasmine spilling over the balustrades. Yves St Lauren once owned this garden and had splashed his colours and design upon the paths, the walls, the rills, and the giant urns outside the stuccoed ‘garden rooms’
As we venture out for an evening meal we crane our necks to watch dozens of vultures circling their supper out on the dusty plains of the low Atlas mountains. We’re just meandering through the dusty alleyways feeding the stray cats along the way, greeting the police and the sellers, – back from a fabulous restaurant where the banana trees rise from the floor where they’d nestled by a lighted pool, – through a skylight to the roof terrace two storeys above. We’ve had coffee and the little sweet honey cakes, tucked beneath a blanket, high above the city with the lighted minarets competing against a clear full moon. We’re sated and chilly, drunk on the atmosphere when a mule comes spinning around the corner, picks up a fast trot, eager for his supper, trailing a huge wooden cart full of the day’s collected garbage. One experience to the other! -Katie and I are quite overwhelmed; it’s taken only two days for us to fall in love with Marrakech!

By now Simon, with the help of Google tracker is confident he can lead us back to the souks, but first, we find The Secret Garden, restored to the original design of over one hundred years ago. Another cacti garden, this time next to jacaranda trees and a pool where terrapins climb upon the stones to sunbathe. A typical Islamic garden with water courses, gurgling colourful tiled water features, draped pavilions and more of those exotic doorways and arches through which one expects to find a belly dancer or sultan on his throne. We drink in the heady scent of the clipped rosemary bushes and the wavy bee soaked lavender before we climb yet another of the smooth staircases that you can’t help but stroke on your way up, and down until we sit with coffee overlooking the peace amidst the bustling city outside its walls.

Two wrong turns, three, then only four before we’re where we want to be: lunch on a high terrace overlooking the ‘slave square’ where young boys and women preside over mountains of knitted hats and baskets of every colour. Handmade wooden kitchen utensils, handmade most things, the square lined with cafes and spice shops spilling their pungency across the dusty street.

Lugging our hard bartered for goods (we were fair, there’s been no aggressive selling here) -we just have time for a rest, a shower and tea of course before we’re collected and driven for thirty minutes outside the city where we see a ‘Berber fort’ against a quickening red horizon. We can’t quite work out what this is, the ‘Fantasia show’ sounding cheap, tacky, but oh no, the tribal music, the dancing, the smoky sandalwood fires roaring in braziers transports us to an older time. I feet the lump in my throat and a smart in my eyes that has nothing to do with the smoke. Marquees made as Berber tents set amid high walls around a hard packed dirt arena. The meal is chunks of oily delicious lamb and towering chicken tagines served by waiters in traditional dress, followed by fresh fruit then mint tea poured from high.

We sit around the vast arena and find we’re holding our breath. We know something special is about to happen. Over three hundred people are quiet and we can hear the horses snorting and stamping, just make out the white of the Berber horsemen’s shirts, the dust spattered shine of their boots as the thunder of the hooves start, racing before us, rifles aloft and with an ear-splitting BANG! they are discharged. The air is thick with blue smoke, some women are screaming, not us. Then in quick succession sleek muscled horses gallop not a meter in front, their riders performing the skills of their ancestors. This night I will never forget.  

Some last moments up on the roof in the cold light of a new day, one last  stroll past the man turning honey spoons on a hand lathe steadied with his toes, one last haggle for a camel leather backpack, one last goodbye, Stirling changed for Dirham to press into the hands that have welcomed and looked after us before we are collected to make our way through the white and glass modern design of the airport, bathed in sunlight. We turn to each other, my daughter and I know that we will be back.

The Movenpick Mansour Eddahbi Marrakech is a fantastic five-star hotel situated in the Hivernage district of Marrakech. The hotel boasts a fantastic location just a short walk from many historical monuments including the Koutoubia Mosque as well as the main market square where you can find an array of souks.

The resort boasts spacious guest rooms which are beautifully decorated and are all appointed with the amenities and facilities that you would expect from a hotel of this standard. Amenities include free Wi-Fi and a private balcony from which you can enjoy lovely views of the hotel’s surroundings.

During the day, whilst you are not taking on one of the challenging local golf courses, you can spend time relaxing around the hotel’s pool or in the spa.

You can find numerous restaurants within the resort (five to be exact) which all boast fantastic traditional Moroccan and international dishes.

If you are looking for a relaxing golf escape to Marrakech, where you will have opportunity to play courses like The Montgomerie Marrakech and Tony Jacklin Signature Course as well as explore the delights that Marrakech has to offer – look no further!